As part of my winter catch up I marathoned through Dexter’s fifth season and decided to write my overall thoughts on this killer but frustratingly formulaic series. Spoilers for the entire season.
I loved Dexter’s first season. Instantly I was intrigued by the premise and was fascinated by Michael C. Hall’s performance as the titular character. But like many others I found the following seasons typically a let down. With a premise that holds so much potential over time I’ve realized that the show will never be as good as it could be. It’s very much a formula with every finale wrapping the season up tightly with a little bow making the last episode fairly anti-climatic. With the first season it felt acceptable, and was in fact quite enjoyable seeing Dexter’s fantasy of being cheered on by everyone around him, but with season two it was a disappointment. Season three continued the trend pretty closely with a neat, fairly boring finale (though I’m less harsh on it than most critics as I enjoyed the idea of Dexter gaining a friend and somewhat liked Miguel Prado, or at least the idea of him). And then came season four, which although I felt took time to get going (the only thing from the first few episodes I recall was a fairly random plot of Dexter crashing his car due to sleep deprivation) it knocked the ball at of the park towards the end with what was a thrilling finale, and best yet one that left things tremendously messy for Dexter, quite literally.